Friday's Walks

10:15

Leicester Square Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Peter G. or Richard III or Adam

Short version: What a delightful hotch-potch 

Long version: Graceful old square. Courtyards. Psssages burrowing this way and that. Everything humming with life: shutters going up, flower boxes being watered, freshly baked bread carried into restaurants, waiters in white aprons serving Turkish coffee at pavement cafes, Chinatown bestirring itself, the colour and clamour of Berwick Street market (if it weren't for the Cockney accents you'd think you were in a Moroccan souk). What a tonic! And that's all by way of saying, what? Just this: the brush that painted London sober, sombre and genteel sure as hell missed Soho. Thank goodness. Guided by Adam, Peter or Richard III.

SOHO WALK – THE PRACTICALS

The Soho Saunter takes place on Fridays (except in December and January) at 10.15 am. Meet Adam or Peter or Richard III just outside exit 1 of Leicester Square Tube.  N.B. the walk ends at the London Palladium Theatre, a two-minute walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"the unfailingly fascinating London Walks... If you can't find one [of their tours] that captures your fancy, maybe you really are tired of life."  San Francisco Chronicle

"The best walking tours in London" The London Guide

"The best walks are conducted by London Walks" Toronto Globe & Mail

WANT A PRIVATE SOHO WALK?

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Soho walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Soho Saunter Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

In the argot of London cabbies the twelve streets that thread through Soho are known as "the dirty dozen." 

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – i.e., buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

10:40

Embankment Tube, river exit | Map

Guided by Robert

Short version: Brunel's London – Boat Trip, River Walk, Tunnel Descent...

Long version: This isn't just Brunel, it's a voyage – and a walk – into the birthplace of modern London. So, yes, under three Brunel bridges and over two Brunels' tunnels to the best kept secret in London. (And into the bargain a sightseer's London checklist, from the Houses of Parliament to the Tower of London.) Icons. And that secret. Several secrets, actually. A secret gateway for the Russian Czar. Six dead men on a haunted ship. Broken bones by the silent Harpy. Broken slipways on the Isle of Dogs. Shattered columns, shattered dancers, magic at the Tunnel Club. Mind-melting magic. Outcroppings of the past that haven't been swallowed by the passage of time. That tell of the monster ship. And of the world's most important tunnel. That more than tell. That give us access* to the tunnel where men died and Brunel met with destiny. (*Privileged access to the Royal Box – the eyrie, the viewing platform – that looks down into "the underground cathedral.") Keith guides the walk on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays it's Tim P. On Thursdays and Fridays it's Martin. And on Saturdays it's Robert himself.

PRACTICALS

In the Winter-Spring 2016-17 London Walks programme – which kicks in on November 1 and runs through April 30 – Brunel's London takes place at 10.40 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The meeting point is just outside the river exit of Embankment Tube. Oyster or Day Travel Card recommended for our short train journey. There's an extra charge for the boat ride but we get you a whopping 50% discount off the price. And there's no queuing – our tickets are reserved. N.B. the walk ends at the Brunel Museum, just round the corner from Rotherhithe Railway Station, which is part of the London Overground network. Alternatively, Bermondsey Tube, which is on the Jubilee Line, is just a ten minute walk from where we end. 

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of the walk and the guiding? Watch the video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live."  Daily Mail, Top London Treats

"by far the most impressive series of walks that I have ever encountered are those offered by London Walks"  Travel & Enjoy

"I have been on several London walks but this was simply the best, with a boat ride thrown in and an amazing surprise at the end! Our guide was knowledgeable and great fun. I would and have highly recommend this to anyone, whether or not they are particularly interested in Brunel"  JoJ70

"I just wanted to let you know that we took the tour with Robert on Saturday. This was absolutely incredible. Robert is an amazing guide, really passionate about his subject. His knowledge and presentation is out of the ordinary. We had a group of 37 people and he handled this crowd with expertise and grace. Please give our big 'Thank you' to Robert."  Elizabeth Haimsky

"Brunel's London Walk – Just Amazing! We go to London every few years, and have always gone on at least one London Walk when we visit. They have always been at least worthwhile, and often wonderful. This particular walk was the best we have been on yet. It costs a little more, because the price covers the boat-trip down the Thames. It is also a little longer than most walks because it covers a lot of ground. As well as the boat, we walked and used the Tube and rail. I finally understand the geography of the area, including places like the Isle of Dogs. Our tour guide was passionate and informative, and we came away with a pretty good understanding of the Brunel family and their contribution to London. The walk ends at the pub which stands on the spot where the Mayflower left from, and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch there after our big walk. This was an excellent walk, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Go!!  Y.G. Adelaide, Australia

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Brunel Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Brunel's London or Mayflower to Brunel's Tunnel Walk  – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always  – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at  london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk is good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group. And the clincher: a private London Walk makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

10:45

St. James's Park Tube, Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit | Map

Guided by Tom or Mary or Gillian or Hilary or Brian or Chris

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

Short version: England in microcosm and privileged admission – no standing in a ticket line for 45 minutes

Long version: The special place. The special time. The special tour. Yes, Westminster Abbey. Its secrets. The spell it casts. Let us count (some of) the ways. The Abbey is a three-dimensional walk-through history of England. It's the place where kings and queens are crowned (and often buried). It's royal weddings. It's a great religious centre. It's Poets' Corner. It's the reason London is "the unique city". It's the seed-bed of democratic government. It's the driving force of English music. Yes – this bears repeating – the Abbey is England in microcosm. It's also a building of splendour, intricacy and consummate virtuosity. It's particulars are astonishing: the world's finest stone roof, the greatest work of mediaeval art in Britain; the most splendid Renaissance tomb north of the Alps; priceless 13th-century wall paintings; the cosmic symbolism of its floor; waxworks far superior to Madame Tussaud's; monumental sculpture and memorial tablets that are a tableau of national biography. N.B. Because of the Abbey's strict limitations on the size of tour groups we have to charge £3 each for children. There's an admission charge to the Abbey but we get you a massive discount. And another huge bonus – we sail right in, so no queuing (no "standing in line"). The Secrets of Westminster Abbey are revealed by the crème de la crème of this profession – award-winning, elite, professionally qualified Blue Badge guides. On Mondays it's ChrisMaryHilary OBE or Tom MBE. On Fridays it's MaryBrian or Tom MBE.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY TOUR PRACTICALS

The Westminster Abbey Tour takes place* at 10.45 am on Mondays and Fridays. The meeting point is just outside St. James's Park Tube, the Broadway/Westminster Abbey exit (opposite 40 Broadway). There's an admission charge to the Abbey but we get you a massive discount. And another huge bonus – we sail right in, so no queuing (no "standing in line"). Because of the Abbey's strict limitations on the size of tour groups we have to charge £3 each for children. The tour ends at the Abbey, a four-minute walk from St. James' Park and Westminster Tube Stations. *The Westminster Abbey Tour will not take place on Monday, March 13 or Friday, April 14.

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

"the soil he's buried in is a composite of the soils of the six great French and Belgian battlefields of World War I: the Somme, Passchendaele, Arras, etc....which, if you think about it, is a precise reversal of the terms of Rupert Brooke's greart poem, 'If I should die, think only this of me, that there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England'. By virtue of that foreign soil this is a corner of England that is forever a foreign field."

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Best Tourism Experience in London"  Gold Medal Winner Visit London

"Although the big companies tend to just shuttle vast hordes of people about, one tour company does give you an in-depth, personalized insight  to the city, offering a dizzying array of themed tours conducted by very qualified guides." London

"the best London has to offer"  Culture Trip

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Westminster Abbey Tours do think about booking one as a private tour.* For a singleton or a couple or foursome a private tour is obviously quite a bit more expensive than going on one of the public tours but they're still good value. Indeed, best value if you compare them with what's on offer in the wider marketplace. And for a reasonably sized group they're superb value – cost you less than going on one of the public outings. If you go private you can have the Westminster Abbey Tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your wishes and requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk  makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.  *And, yes, with a private tour – like on our public Westminster Abbey Tours – you'll benefit from Fast-Track Admission and the favourable Group Discount London Walkers get.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

10:45

Tower Hill Tube (meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall) | Map

Guided by Rachel or Shaughan or Steve or Judy

Short Version: "splinter-sharp guides, gripping history" 

Long Version: Traces the history of London's Jewish community in the East End. A tale that embraces the poverty of the pogrom refugees and the glittering success of the Rothschilds; the eloquence of Prime Minister Disraeli and the spiel of the Petticoat Lane stallholder; the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg and the poetry-in-motion of Abe Saperstein's Harlem Globetrotters. Set amid the alleys and back streets of colourful Spitalfields and Whitechapel, it's a tale of synagogues and sweatshops, Sephardim and soup kitchens. Whenever possible we visit the historic Bevis Marks synogogue (for which there's a small entrance fee). It's one of the highlights of the tour. Maurice, who's in charge there, lays on a fascinating talk, fields questions, etc. What's not to like?  Guided by Shaughan, Steve, Rachel (the author of Jewish London) or Judy (winner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award). Harry – "Britain's favourite guide" – makes the occasional guest appearance.  

PRACTICALS

The Old Jewish Quarter Walk takes place everySunday, every Wednesday and every Friday. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. Meet your London Walks guide and fellow walkers by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall.  N.B. the Walk ends at Spitalfields Market, a short walk from Aldgate, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street stations. *Except April 23

On Sunday the Old Jewish Quarter Walk goes at 10.15 am and is guided by Judy or Shaughan.

On Wednesday the Old Jewish Quarter Walk goes at 10.45 am and is guided by Shaughan or Steve.

On Friday the Old Jewish Quarter Walk goes at 10.45 am and is guided by Rachel (author of Jewish London) or Steve.

VIDEO

Want a preview of the walk and the guiding? Watch the video.

REVIEWS

"If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world's most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn... I can think of no better investment than London Walks" The New York Times

 "London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour..."   The New York Times

"Our guide this morning is named Harry; he is a middle-age man with a trim gray beard and a handsome Roman profile. His beat is the Old Jewish Quarter, a shtetl called Whitechapel. On the way, he will tell us about the history of Jews in the East End, a district much changed by the Blitz, subcontinental immigration and recent gentrification. Harry's grandparents lived in the neighborhood." The New York Times (Sarah Ferrell, Travel Editor, The New York Times)

"Service doesn't get much better" The New York Times

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch"  London, Cadogan Guide

STREETS AHEAD

It all comes down to the guiding but don't just take it from us. 

10:45

South Kensington Tube (meet just beyond the ticket barrier) | Map

Guided by Margaret or Molly

Short version: "It's not what we see but what we see in it"

Long version: Well, yes and no. What you see – the route the guide takes and the selection she makes – is worth the cost of the tour all by itself. You don't think those matters are important in a museum that covers 11 acres, has 145 galleries, and runs to seven miles of exhibits and five million objects? Dream on. And logistics and savvy are just the basics. The real thrill is what you see in the pieces Margaret and Molly show you. These are objects that contain their history – that braid together culture and art. That's why they're in "the world's greatest museum of art and design." To see them – to see into them – the Great Bed of Ware, the Raphael Cartoons ("one of the supreme sights of the world") the Ardabil carpet, etc.... well, it's like sunrise on Mount Moses. And if you want to make a day of it, how about lunch in the V & A's extremely civilised cafe followed by spot of shopping at nearby Harrods! 

V & A TOUR PRACTICALS

The Victoria & Albert Museum Tour takes place every Friday at 10.45 am. The meeting point is just beyond the ticket barrier (in the booking hall) of South Kensington Tube. N.B. the walk ends at the V & A, a five minute walk from South Kensington Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Best Tourism Experience in London"  Gold Medal Winner, Visit London

"London Walks puts you into the hands of an expert on the particular area and topic of a tour..." The New York Times

 "the best London has to offer" Culture Trip

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public V & A tours do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the V & A tour – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

11:00

Temple Tube | Map

Guided by Kim or Hilary or Alison

Short version: Secret places and hidden interiors...

Long version: "If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world's most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn I can think of no better investment than London Walks" New York Times. Could have been describing this walk. Teems with quirkiness, odd places and passing strange things and people. A taster or two? Try hidden palaces. The King's Speech Royal Chapel. The hotel where George Orwell worked. The chair with a flying guinea pig. The jewel in the crown – a gothic chapel hidden away from public view and not visited on any other London Walk. Well, you get the idea. What's not to like? And come winter – hey, all those sheltering, hidden interiors – say hello to the parfait winter London Walk! Guided by Alison, Hilary OBE or Kimwinner of the London Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award.

PRACTICALS

The Unexpected London walk takes place every Friday at 11 am. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Temple Tube. N.B. the Unexpected London Walk ends in Embankment Gardens, right next to Embankment Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"the best in the capital" Visit London

"you can't do better than London Walks" London Day by Day

"the best walking tour operator in London" London The AA Key Guide

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Unexpected London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the  Unexpected London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

11:00

Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Shaughan

Short description: pretty paths less travelled...

Long description: A distillation of a brilliant guide's many years' experience probing the hidden places and forgotten nooks of the world's most elusive city. Exploring secret London – up creeping lanes, round out-of-the-way corners, past veiled islands of green – Shaughan's at his inimitable best. As the New York Times put it, the walk is "a highly entertaining... blend of historical commentary and bizarre anecdote laced with mildly scurrilous gossip about past and present celebrities and defunct royals." In such places and with such a guide, the past becomes our present. 

HIDDEN LONDON TOUR PRACTICALS

The Hidden London Walk takes place at 11 am every Monday morning and every Friday morning. Meet Shaughan just outside the Fish Street Hill exit of Monument Tube.  N.B. the walk ends in Fleet Street, a two-minute walk fromBlackfriars Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"If you want to know London better, if you want to learn some things about the world's most cosmopolitan city that most people who spend their lives there never learn... I can think of no better investment than London Walks"  The New York Times

"London's best city tours" The Telegraph

"Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live." Daily Mail, Top London Treats

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Hidden London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Hidden London walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

14:00

Tottenham Court Road Tube, exit 1 | Map

Guided by Rex or Richard P or Adam

Short version: Keep on walking, keep on rocking!

Long version: All roads once led to Rome.... Now they lead to London. In terms of rock 'n' roll this is an inarguable fact. Big bucks may well be made in Hollywood – but rock 'n' roll reputations are made here in The Big Smoke. Our cast list's a Who's Who of the music: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd (look around, choose your ground...all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be), Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Blur and Oasis. Each act has a London tale to tell, often a tale so decadent that Caligula himself would blush!*  London Calling. Lend an ear. *With thanks to Morrissey

ROCK 'N' ROLL LONDON TOUR PRACTICALS

The Rock'n'Roll London tour takes place every Friday afternoon at 2 pm. It also takes place at 2.30 pm every Saturday in June and July. And it takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, June 18. Meeting point is Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1). Tottenham Court Road tube. Guided by Adam or Richard P

Food & drink after the walk… A few weeks ago, that great East End institution Poppies Fish & Chip Shop made the move west and opened at the site of the 2i's, giving the place an excellent 50's style makeover. Full story on The Daily Constitutional

N.B. the Rock 'n' Roll London Walk ends in Carnaby Street, very nearOxford Circus Tube.

 

NEW 24:01:17: Book a Private Rock & Roll London Walk as a Valentine's Day Gift! Choose the date that works for you and call the office on 020 7624 3978 or email london@walks.com

 

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Adam adds: Here's the promo video - with thanks to Bob Dylan…

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London's best guided walks" Time Out

"Unmissable: Rock 'n' Roll really rocks. Adam is an amazing guide and incredible story-teller and since this walk is all about landmarks and stories you cannot hope to get a better guide. My husband and I are addicted to London Walks and this is really one of the best ones that we have been on."  rh24 (Ithaca, New York). From her Trip Advisor review.

"the best is London Walks" Let's Go Europe

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch" London, Cadogan Guide

"The best walks are conducted by London Walks" Toronto Globe & Mail

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Friday afternoon, public Rock 'n' Roll London walk do think about booking it as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Rock 'n' Roll London walk –  or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS MEME

 It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

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Embankment Tube, Villiers Street exit | Map

Guided by Richard IV or Corinna

Short description: "The game's afoot!" 

Long description: Grab your deerstalker and magnifying glass, we're going sleuthing. Exploring the London whose "ever-changing kaleidoscope of life" intrigued Holmes and Watson. Following their adventures in Charing Cross, the Strand's gas-lit alleys, and Covent Garden.  Ending in a place "where a dream becomes reality." Yes, that's right the superb re-creation of Sherlock Holmes' study. Housed in the building immortalised in The Hound of the Baskervilles and featuring many artefacts donated by the Conan Doyle family, And not only is it the genuine articleas opposed to a tourist trap – it's free to visit. Guided by Corinna or Richard IV.

PRACTICALS

The In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes London Walk takes place every Friday afternoon at 2 pm. The meeting point is just outside the Villiers Street exit of Embankment Tube. N.B. the walk ends just round the corner from Embankment Tube.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the   bunch"  London, Cadogan Guide

"London Walks is by far the best"  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Sherlock Holmes' London walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Sherlock Holmes' London Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

 

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Temple Tube | Map

Guided by Richard III or Richard IV

A sojourn into a lost city – an Atlantis. Dickens and London? "He knew it all," recalled a friend, and here are remarkable survivals from his life and works: Pip's lodgings in Great Expectations ("who enters here leaves noise behind") and the bank which employed "resurrection man" Jerry Cruncher in A Tale of Two Cities. Tulkinghorn's chambers ("where lawyers lie like maggots in nuts") from Bleak House, even the original Old Curiosity Shop (or is it?). Dickens' immortal Sam Weller had "extensive and peculiar" knowledge of London, and this walk continues the tradition. Tradition and peculiar being the watchwords. Here we thread our way into a London of nooks and crannies and alleyways and gas lamps and 18th- and 19th-century houses – and no cars! It's the London where Dickens lived and worked. It's the London of David Copperfield and Pip and Pickwick. It's "Inimitable" – like Dickens himself. And on a Dickens walk of all things you don't want a "guide" with the expressive range of a turtle. Step forward accomplished actors Richard III (he's Mr. Jingle – yes, that's right, he's a member of the City Pickwick Club) and Richard IV (he of the thrilling, velvety voice, as all of those audiobooks he narrates for Audible eloquently attest).

It all come down to the guidingbut don't just take it from us

N.B. the London Walks Charles Dickens' London Walk ends very nearChancery Lane Tube.

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Green Park Tube, Green Park exit (by the fountain) | Map

Guided by Karen or Katy or Kim or Hilary or Alison

Short version: Party Town!

Long version: if you're prim and prudish better give this one a miss. Because this walk's, well, juicy. It's the historical 'Rock n' Roll' walk of the swinging 1660s and beyond. Real life 'Game of Thrones' stuff. Bedroom antics back then – and hey presto it's Jon Snow the bastard today. Not to mention Samamantha Cameron. So, yes, Hello Party Town! Welcome to Love Nests out West! The chapter headings are delicious and salacious – let alone dizzzying, dazzling, sizzling, dumbounding. Maiden Lepers. The Return of the King. Boots Washed in the Froth of the Finest Champagne. Duels in Pickering. Legover London & Mistresses off the Mall. Bowler Hats. Human Toilets. James Bond. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Bet. Her Majesty's Secret Service. The Assassinated Racehorse. The American Bar Associations. The Man Who Laid Down His Wife for His Country. The Prime Minister and the Actress. 'Well [Giggle] He Would, Wouldn't He?' And that's just for starters. Anything else? Just this. "I'd put this one in the top four of the 57 different London Walks that I'm personally able to guide. It's got everything I want in a walk" (David). Okay, that's the "opinion" – here's what it's based on. 1) It's olde, vintage London. There are secret passageways that take you into the 16th-century. And the 18th-century is par for the course. It's so well preserved it's a miracle the whole neighbourhood hasn't been sold off to a museum. 2) So, as you'd expect, visually it's very appealing. 3) It's storied. It's storied because it's full of character, full of characters, and marinated in history. 4) It's nooked and crannied. Why is that important? "Well, maybe it's just me, but I like to see things other people don't get to see" (David again). 5) It's got wonderful guides. Their names are Hilary OBE, Alison and Kim (winner of the big one –the Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award) on Friday's walk; Karen (winner of the big one – the Tourist Board's Guide of the Year Award), Jan or Peter on Wednesdays.

THE OLD PALACE QUARTER – PRACTICALS

The Old Palace Quarter walk takes place at 2.30 pm every Wednesday and at 2.30 pm every Friday. The meeting point is just outside the Green Park exit – by the fountain – of Green Park Tube Stop. N.B. the walk ends at St. James' Palace, a couple of minutes' walk in the Park from Green Park Tube. Though putting it thus – "walk in the Park" – borders on lèse-majesté. Because it's the most exclusive walk in the Park. It's the Queen's Walk – the royal promenade!

LONDON WALKS VIDEO

Want a preview of The Old Palace Quarter Walk and the guiding? Watch the video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch"  London, Cadogan Guide

"award-winning London Walks are unrivalled for quality and range"  American in Britain Magazine

"Best Tourism Experience in London"  Gold Medal Winner, Visit London

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Palace Quarter walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Palace Quarter Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

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Tower Hill Metro | Map

Guided by Karen or Katy or Kim or Hilary or Alison

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

Jacques L'Eventreur – Exclusivement en Francais! Toutes les Semaines. Le Vendredi a 19h. Votre guide vous attend a la sortie du metro. Bonne promenade!

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Blackfriars Tube | Map

Guided by Katy or David

Short version: "The most exciting walk in London... does more to interpret the city than anything else, a real skeleton key." 

Long version: If you only have time for one walking tour, this is the one to go on – it's the classic London pub walk. It takes in London's last remaining galleried coaching inn, its best riverside walkway, its oldest market, the most sensational art gallery in the world (we usually pop inside for a quick look), the church where Harvard University's founder was baptised, and an 18th-century pub that brews its own beer – plus lashings of Shakespeare, a jot of Dickens, lots of pub lore, and London's best skyline panorama. It gets better. Because there's also, four centuries on,  the recently discovered remains of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (and its sister playhouse The Rose), to say nothing of the thrilling, thatch-roofed reproduction that's risen, Phoenix-like, only a stone's throw away. Let alone the astonishing replica of Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde, the ship that the great Elizabethan mariner sailed around the world over 400 years ago. Anchored there in the murky Thames, its timbers creaking eerily in the misty London night and The Globe just yards away – it's a ghost ship lost in time. Say it again, "the most exciting walk in London..." Guided by David or Adam.

ALONG THE THAMES PUB WALK PRACTICALS

The Along the Pub Walk takes place every Friday evening at 7 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Blackfriars Tube. N.B. the walk ends less than a minute's walk from London Bridge Tube and Railway Station.

LONDON WALKS VIDEOS

Want a preview of the Along the Thames Pub Walk and the guiding? Watch the videos.  Here's the first one. Here's the second one. 

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"Best Tourism Experience in London"  Gold Medal Winner, Visit London

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch" London, Cadogan Guide

"Even jaded Londoners find these London Walks a source of astonishing gems of information about the city in which they live." Daily Mail, Top London Treats

"The best walking tours are organized by London Walks"  USA Today

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Along the Thames Pub Walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Along the Thames Pub Walks – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

19:00

South Kensington Tube | Map

Guided by Richard III or Nick or Fiona

Short description: Old Knightsbridge Village – a collector's corner of mews, lanes and cosiness...

Long description: This is a great walk. You've been to Knightsbridge but you haven't been to this Knightsbridge. And that's not to say that we don't see Harrods or that 200 million pound flat. We do see them. But we see them in ways that you won't have seen them. As for the Old Lanes – you won't have seen them. Ah, yes, the Old Lanes. They're a London original – one of the capital's hidden delights, one of its special places. And for sure they're hard to find... our higgledy-piggledy route takes us up a cobbled pathway, past a hidden churchyard (a Russian spy had his dead drop back in there – we'll pinpoint it – that hidden enough for you?), along a little mews, through a gate in a wall and down some steps and then, hey presto, we're through the looking glass and into the old lanes. Into that collector's corner of mews, alleys, and cosiness. Into unchanging London. Here we could be a million miles from Harrods and the hustle and bustle of Brompton Road. The contrast is as dramatic and unexpected as anything in London – if you didn't know better you'd think you were in the back streets of a Cornish fishing village. And that's just for openers. Stir in pots of history, add a dash of intrigue and gossip, and garnish with pubs that are real trouvailles and you've got a spiffing walk. In short, welcome to the "other Knightsbridge."  Guided by Nick, Richard III or Fiona, winner of the Visit London Guide of the Year Award.

PRACTICALS

The Old Knightsbridge Village Pub Walk takes place every* Friday evening at 7 pm. The meeting point is just outside the exit of South Kensington Tube. N.B., the walk ends just seconds away from Knightsbridge Tube Stop. *Except in December, January and February.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks is the best, hands down." Frommer's London

"the best in the capital" Visit London

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Knightsbridge Village Pub Walk do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Knightsbridge Village Pub Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us.

19:30

Tower Hill Tube, meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall | Map

Guided by Shaughan or Steve or Richard Walker or Molly or Donald or Adam or Andrew

Click to check dates this walk isn’t taking place

He came silently out of the midnight shadows of August 31, 1888. Watching. Stalking. Butchering raddled, drink-sodden East End prostitutes. Leaving a trail of blood that led... nowhere. Yes, something wicked this way walked, for this is the Ripper's slashing grounds. We evoke that autumn of gaslight and fog, of menacing shadows and stealthy footsteps as we inspect the murder sites, sift through the evidence – in all its gory detail – and get to grips, so to speak, with the main suspects. Afterwards you can steady your nerves in The Ten Bells, the pub where the victims – perhaps under the steely gaze of the Ripper himself – tried to forget the waking nightmare. Guided on Monday and Tuesday by Molly; on Wednesday and Saturday by Steve; on Thursday by Shaughan or Adam; on Friday by Donald, Andy or Richard Walker; on Sunday by Donald. Donald is Donald Rumbelow, "internationally recognised as the leading authority on Jack the Ripper." Britain's foremost crime historian, he's the author of the definitive book on the Ripper.

JACK THE RIPPER TOUR PRACTICALS

The Jack the Ripper Walk takes place every single night* (except Dec. 24 and Dec. 25) at 7.30 pm from just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. Meet by the "Tower Hill Tram" coffee stand. The Ripper walk ends a short walk from two Tube Stops: Liverpool Street and Aldgate East.  On Saturdays the walk takes place twice. In addition to the 7.30 pm walk there's a "matinee" at 3 pmWARNING: Never part with your money until you're absolutely certain it's the bona fide London Walks guide you're handing it to. Look for the London Walks badge. Or the guide's blue badge. Or both. That's how you tell for sure. DON'T LET ANYONE PULL A FAST ONE ON YOU.

LONDON WALKS SOUPÇON

Why was the throat of the first victim, Polly Nichols, cut twice – when she was already dead? Why, when the second victim, Annie Chapman, was murdered, was the pocket of her apron almost torn off? For what reason were a number of personal items arranged neatly by her feet? Why, and for what reason, was Chapman's uterus ripped out of her body and taken away by the murderer? When Catherine Eddowes's mutilated body was found in a dark corner of Mitre Square, why was the inverted letter 'V' carved into each of her cheeks and what did it mean? Why were her nose, ears, lips and eyelids slashed? And why had her uterus and left kidney been cut out of her body and removed from the scene of the crime? What sense can we make of the cryptic message inscribed on a black brick door surround and a severed part of a bloody apron dropped? deposited? there? Why did the murderer appear to have no sexual interest in his victims? Why did the murders end with the inconceivably savage disfigurement of Mary Kelly?

"In 1888, the year of the sensational Whitechapel murders, male and female Londoners elected their first democratic city-wide government, the London County Council, and London got the world's first two-tier urban administration. J. B. Dunlop patented the pneumatic tyre, helping to transform cycling from an uncomfortable hobby for daredevils into a powerful force in popular leisure and transport, and preparing the way for efficient motoring. London's first halfpenny evening newspaper, the Star, was started, heralding the beginning of the age of mass circulation journalism. The first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, was published, and the Football League and the Lawn Tennis Association were founded. Charles Booth completed work on the first volume of his massive Life and Labour of the People in London, the first modern study of London's economic and social life. Annie Besant helped to organise the matchgirls' strike, a seminal event in the rise of modern unskilled trades unionism and the women's movement. A 14-storey apartment block, Queen Anne's Mansions, was built in Victoria, giving London (briefly) the tallest residential building in the world. Translations of three plays by Henrik Ibsen were published in London, introducing Londoners to social and sexual ideas which challenged the most cherished Victorian values."

WARNING: only read the next three paragraphs if you have a strong stomach. "It surpassed Dante's vision of hell. Not in his wildest imagination could the supreme mediaeval poet have dreamed up a scene of such horror. There was blood everywhere: on the bed, on the floor, on the walls, and even on the ceiling. Pieces of skin, flayed from the victimn's abdomen, and flesh from her thighs lay on a small bedside table; more skin and lumps of flesh, hacked from her arms and legs, were left on a larger table. Several feet of intestines and the young woman's spleen were strewn across the bed, where blood had soaked through the mattress and dripped silently into a widening, crimson pool on the floor. Her uterus, kidneys and one severed breast had been pushed under her head. The other breast lay beside her right foot. Her liver nestled between her feet on a coverlet caked in yet more blood. Her torso was torn open from her ribs to her private parts, her insides viciously ripped out. Her right arm was placed in such a way that her hand was pushed inside the now empty cavity of her belly. With her entire body hideously disfigured she resembled a slaughtered beast hanging on a butcher's hook rather than a human being, and certainly not a young, attractive woman.

"The stench of blood and gore was overwhelming – enough to make a person retch. The small room at number 13 Miller's Court was truly hell on earth.

"Anything else? Yes. The killer had taken something with him – Mary Kelly's heart."

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding. If you're not assessing you're guessing – buying a pig in a poke.

LONDON WALKS VIDEO 

Preview the walk and the guiding – watch the video.

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks has many copycats, but it's the best."  Frommer's London by Night

"The original and best – there are several companies offering walking tours of London but London Walks (London's oldest) is easily the pick of the bunch"   London, Cadogan Guide

"Led by the world’s leading expert on all things Jack the Ripper, Donald Rumbelow - and with glowing reviews from The New York Times and Time Out - this tour from London Walks is the definitive guide to one of history’s most fascinating unsolved mysteries. Starting at Tower Hill, the tour traverses some of London’s hidden alleyways and secret hideaways. With fascinating commentary on contemporary police conflicts, London Walks transports guests back to 1888, to the scene of the crimes..." Huffington Post

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

ABOUT BOOKING A PRIVATE JACK THE RIPPER WALK

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Jack the Ripper walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Jack the Ripper Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect.

OK, now a it of common sense on that last point. 

Those seven words – it all comes down to the guiding –  bear repeating. That's the iron law, whatever the makeup of the group. It can be a private walk for a couple of sophisticated adults – or a private walk for a "challenging" school group. Or anything in between. Whatever the group – it all comes down to the guiding.

Consider, by way of example, a "challenging" school group.

Think of that time-honoured adolescent combination of boredom, lethargy and free-floating belligerence. There, in a nutshell, is why it's important to get the right guide. You want a guide who can snap them out of that. Just like that. And keep them out of it. Some guides can do that. Some can't. It's a god-given talent that some guides have got and others don't have. You're booking a private walk for a school group you want a guide who's got that ability as part of their skill-set.

And that's why you come to us. It's in your interest to 1) get the right walk for your group and 2) get the right guide. The two sides of the same coin. It's in our interest to make sure that happens.

Whereas it's in the guide's interest to get the job/take the job – even if they're not right for it.

You book a private walk through us you eliminate the risk of getting a guide who's not right for your group. You eliminate that risk because your best interest is absolutely congruent with our best interest.

So there's lots of upside.* And no downside at all. Including cost. It doesn't cost more to go through us.

*In addition to the all-important guide-group "fit" there's the full panopoly of London Walks experience and back-up that you get. As well as being able to talk it over – explore the possibilities, draw on the unrivalled nous of "the walking tour specialists".

Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. 

THE FAMOUS WHITE LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

"Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the iconic white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

 

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Monument Tube, Fish Street Hill exit | Map

Guided by Steve or Richard Walker or Corinna or Andrew

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From fear to eternity... It's blue dusk. Feeding time. Time to pierce the veil which hides the future after death. The time when rooftop cats look down – their eyes green as ringstones – and see things that maybe we shouldn't see. Down here in the creepiest part of London... in alleyways so narrow you can't open an umbrella in them. And so old they're cobwebbed with time. And cobwebbed with something else. Cobwebbed with events that occurred long ago – events that under certain conditions can again become dynamic. So when you see the unholy Trinity – and you will see it – and when silver dragons leer at you – and they will – and if you hear footsteps up a deserted alleyway – or voices of persuasion that whisper in the darkness – or catch a glimpse of a hooded, staring transparent figure... Congratulations – you've just fed a haunting. It'll be back. And one day... so will you. Now who's for a really cozy pub?

PRACTICALS

The Haunted London Walk takes place at 7.30 pm every Friday and every* Sunday. The meeting point is just outside the Fish Street Hill exit ofMonument Tube Stop. On Friday it's guided by actors Steve or Corinna. On Sunday it's guided by actors Andy or Richard Walker*Except Dec. 24, 2017

LONDON WALKS REVIEWS

"London Walks has many copycats, but it's the best"  Frommer's London by Night

"My 14 year old daughter and I went on our first London Walk during our week in London and loved it so we took two more! We took the Ghosts of the Old City, Ghosts of the West End, and Haunted London...These walks weren't just ghost tales, but included fabulous historical information that we would have never learned otherwise. We also loved how these walks took us down back alleys and areas hidden that as a tourist, we never would have seen. We loved every minute!" Tracy A.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Great Value, Very Entertaining  I have had the pleasure of attending the Jack the Ripper walk and the Haunted London walk, and in both cases the experience was incredible. The guides are very knowledgable, creative, and funny. They tell stories in a unique way that keeps your attention from start to finish."  J. K.  Norwich, United Kingdom

"Always a treat  My husband and I are massive fans of all of the walks we've been on. These include: Kensington Village, Jack the Ripper, Old Westminster, Spy Walk, James Bond walk, Dickens & Shakespeare's London, Haunted West End and Little Venice most recently. We've never had a bad one; usually led by an actor or historian and always pointing out buildings or features you'd never have seen, with meaning or significance. Highly recommended!"  verydarklilac  Surrey, UK

"Don't look any further... Quite rightly this is the company that gets mentioned the most. I've always said that if I ever get the chance to move to London I shall do ALL their walks, sadly I'm stuck to holidays for now but that said I had a lovely time at the Haunted London tour last year (not only because of the stories, but also walking through the deserted city on a sunday night)"  IngeK73 Nijmegan, Netherlands

"London Walks are wonderful... I would highly recommend London Walks to anyone. I've done the Haunted London, 2 day trips (Stonehenge & Oxford), Old Kensington, & Jack the Ripper and all were excellent"  JenD  Cape Town

"Best Value Tour in London...  The Haunted London walk is another Ghost walk and starts at Monument Tube station and ends near Barbican Station. I enjoyed this tour, and Corrina’s songs that were associated with the tour. Corrina is a professionally quialified London guide and Royal National Theater actress."  Dnottingham4  Titusville, Florida

"YEAH BABY!!! The London haunted tour was EXCELLENT! The stories were interesting and the group interaction was superb. The Jack tour was great as well. It's informative and creepy!"  Travelguru4u  Ridgefield, New Jersey

"Top Ghost Walks in the Uk  London, England: London Walks...their four ghost walks" Essential Travel

LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can't make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Old Jewish Quarter walks do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Jewish Quarter Walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. And – always with private London Walks and tours – we go to great lengths to make sure the guide-walker(s) "fit" is well nigh perfect. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing. Or indeed a fab present – be it a birthday or anniversary or get-to-know-your-new neighbourhood gift or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that's special. Memories make us rich.

LONDON WALKS LEAFLET

The famous white leaflet. "Nah, don't need it, got it all here," you say. Er, roaming charges? Er, dead battery? Er, reading your phone in the bathtub and you drop it? [Smelling salts interval: sick as a parrot. ashen-faced.] Er, read the famous white leaflet in the bathtub and you drop it what do you do? Er, you dry it out. Anyway, maybe worth making a mental note that you can always pick up the famous white London Walks leaflet at the Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the old church in Trafalgfar Square. They're on the Information Table there, right by the box office. And indeed they also display them on the shop counter, right by the cash register. And it's win-win because the Cafe in the Crypt is one of the town's delights. Should be on everybody's London itinerary.

LONDON WALKS MEME

It all comes down to the guiding (exponentially so with ghost walks)

LONDON WALKS – STREETS AHEAD!

Don't just take it from us. If you're not assessing you're guessing. If you're guessing you're buying a pig in a poke.